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Yorkshire Day: Annual Celebration Of English County Returns

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Yorkshire Day: Annual Celebration Of English County Returns

If there's one county in England that's proud of its roots, heritage and way of life, from its rich coal-mining history to its football culture, it's Yorkshire.

In celebration of that pride, today is Yorkshire Day - an annual event celebrated across the county, which typically sees events such as Yorkshire pudding throwing and straw bale races, while pubs across the region are renamed after local celebrities for the day. There are also plenty of brass bands, as well as a reading of the Yorkshire Declaration of Integrity.

More than 100 mayors will parade through Sheffield for the annual event, which has been held every year since 1975.

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The celebrations started originally in 1974 when locals of the Yorkshire Riding Society protested against local government reorganisation.

Every year since, the county's lord mayors, mayors and other civic heads have gathered together in one town or city in the area, known favourably by locals as 'God's Own County'.

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This year's parade is in Sheffield where participants in the parade will begin their route at the town hall before moving to the city's cathedral for a service, and back to the start point for lunch.

At York Maze, a Yorkshire pudding-tossing competition and straw bale race will also take place.

Tom Pearcy, who owns the maze, told the York Press: "The Yorkshire puddings will be flying at 1.30pm on Tuesday as we hold the annual Yorkshire Day pudding-tossing competition. The child and adult with the biggest throws will be crowned winners."

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Additional events include the opening of a vending machine that only stocks Yorkshire produce. Xscape Yorkshire has created the machine, which vends items such as Yorkshire puddings and flat caps.

Pubs in Otley, famed for its Otley run - a mile-long pub crawl - will be renamed after local celebrities.

An FA Cup-style draw will take place later on Tuesday and will see pubs matched with certain famous faces from the county. Writer Alan Bennett, cricket umpire Dickie Bird, and new Doctor Who actress, Jodie Whittaker, are among the celebrities chosen.

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The new pub names won't take effect until 1 August 2018, when each matched celebrity will be invited to their named pub for a free drink.

The Piece Hall in Halifax, built in 1779 by merchants to sell their cloth, will also reopen on Tuesday, after being closed for three-and-a-half years for renovation.

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Topics: Yorkshire, Sheffield

Michael Minay
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